Scoring is being re-evaluated for the 2022 national pageant and will be updated by Summer 2021.


The Miss Earth USA competition consists of multiple categories designed to select the most well-rounded national representatives. Categories model after international expectations of the Miss Earth competition as well as desired attributes of winners. The judging panel is announced in the weeks prior to the competition, consisting of experienced and unbiased members of the Communication, Entertainment, Fitness, Beauty, and/or Business fields.

Most heavily weighted categories:

Judge Interview, Evening Gown, Swimwear

Less heavily weighted categories:

Environmental Project, Photogenic, Social Media, Media Interview, Runway




Each delegate will have a panel interview lasting 4-5 minutes. This is the chance for the judges to get to know each delegate personally. The judges will not have a bio; instead, each delegate will have approximately 30 seconds to introduce herself to the judging panel at the onset of the interview. Delegates should wear her own choice of professional and trendy dress, skirt set, or pant set. State sashes will be worn. Each delegate will be judged on her ability to fulfill a titleholder’s responsibilities. Judges will assign a score based on communication skills, personality, personal appearance, sense of accomplishment, and goals within her title. Delegates will not be scored on their opinions or personal beliefs. The interview may be conducted via virtual setting.



Delegates will select a one or two-piece swimsuit provided by a pageant partner. Delegate should provide her own nude, clear or crystal/rhinestone stilettos. Each delegate will be evaluated on her overall physical health and lifestyle. She will be judged on her level of confidence necessary to be a titleholder. Judges will assign a score based on the delegate’s physical fitness, confidence, composure, and display of drive, energy and charisma.



Each delegate will wear her own choice of evening gown, which must touch the floor and must be age appropriate. Each delegate will be assessed on her poise, grace, and commanding stage presence. Each delegate will be judged on her total look. Judges will assign a score based on the delegate’s beauty, carriage and grace, personality, and stage presence, as well as her sense of style.



Delegates will wear a FUN FASHION outfit of their choice that meets the runway competition theme or color. Each delegate will be assessed on her poise, personality, and commanding stage presence. Judges will not score based on the wardrobe selection. Score is based on the contestant’s beauty, carriage, personality, and overall stage presence.



Delegates will submit an official headshot prior to the competition which may not have hands covering the face and may not include a crown or sash. The photo shall be taken in a studio by the photographer of her choice, with a neutral solid color background that is white, tan, black, brown, or grey. Each delegate will be assessed on her natural beauty in this photograph. The Photogenic category will be scored only after the Interview, allowing the judge to compare face-to-face beauty as well. Judges will assign a score based on the delegate's photo beauty, in-person beauty, healthy appearance (skin, hair, nails, teeth), and sense of style.



Each delegate is provided a Facebook and Instagram title page. She will be assessed on her quality of posts, relevancy and engagement with her followers during the weeks prior to the national pageant. A multimedia sponsor will assign a score based on these attributes.



Delegates are required to take on a major role with an environmental activity in their community. This may be planning a clean up, speaking to a school or community center, producing a video, or participating in a nationwide service day. More information will be issued to delegates. Judges will assign a score based on completion and documentation of the project.



The new media interview scoring component is a fun twist on public speaking and group interaction. Delegates will sit down in small groups of 3-4 titleholders and one media interviewer for approximately 7-8 minutes. Delegates will wear the same wardrobe as the judge interview and will be seated on a sofa or comfortable chair. State sashes will be worn. Each delegate will be judged on her personal appearance, communication skills, personality, interaction with others, and knowledge of hot topics. Delegates will be provided with a list of talking points and potential questions prior to this round. This event will be livestreamed and potentially open to fan questions. This portion may be conducted virtually.


Each delegate in the Top 5 will be give a final statement while wearing her evening gown. The answer should be approximately 30 seconds. A variety of potential topics will be provided to the delegates ahead of time and will be age appropriate according to each age division. Scoring will be based on this answer combined with the judge's overall impression of the delegate throughout the competition. The delegate must be charismatic, articulate, impactful, able to handle the pressure of large crowds, and must answer the question asked.